The Governments Response to the Housing Crises

Sep 10 06:50 2008 David Cowley Print This Article

What are They Thinking?

With the foreclosure rate in the housing market at an all time high,Guest Posting real estate investors are having to maintain a very watchful eye on there bottom line.  The practice of purchasing a home, making minor repairs and then selling it for a quick profit is gone.  For the real estate investor that is in the business for the long haul, it is the perfect time to increase there holdings and yet the government is trying to make it impossible.

The current housing market crises was not caused by real estate investors that purchased single family homes and apartments to hold for the long term for asset appreciation.  It was caused by the Home Builders, Banks and Mortgage companies that sold homes to people that could not qualify for a conventional home mortgage.

The practice of creating a sub-prime mortgage was just another way for the lenders to say, we know you do not qualify for a home loan now but perhaps you may in the future and in the mean time our share holders will love our bottom line.  Since the housing market was increasing in value at such a rapid rate at that time, the lenders could foreclose on property and then resell it at even a higher rate than they did the first time.  Great for our share holders, bad for our customers (Let the Buyer Beware).

Now that tens of thousands of homes have been foreclosed on, the price of homes are 10, 20 and even 30 percent below that they were just a few years ago.  Lending institutions are now stuck with properties that they cannot sell.  These lending institutions are not in the business of owning, managing, or renting real property.  They are in the business of lending money.

It looks as if our government law makers are just trying to pass new laws for the sake of appearances or to show concern for the current housing crises and not to actually help or solve the problem.  I cannot believe that anyone that has any knowledge of investing in the housing market would consider any of the proposed laws to be of any benefit, for example:

One of the proposed laws is to not allow anyone to have more than 10 mortgages.  How is stopping someone who has a proven history of successfully managing real estate investments from purchasing new property?  How would this law help stimulate the purchases of foreclosed on properties?

The current law for selling a home you have lived in for at least 2 years in the last 5 years is no tax on the profit of  $250,000 for a single person and $500,000 for a couple.  Obama wants to have a 28 percent tax on profit from all home sales.  If you plan to downsize your home after you retire and use that profit to help finance your retirement you could now loose 28 percent.  This proposal will adversely effect the elderly who are counting on the profit from the sale of there home as part of their retirement income and as an investor it makes me want to revaluate any potential new real estate investment.

There is a proposal to have new taxes on homes that are more than 2,400 square feet.  Let’s see now, I have a 5 bedroom home I want to sell and if you add new taxes on the property it will be easer to sell, right?

It seems that ever time the economy gets into trouble; the governments’ knee jerk reaction is to put the blame on one of the minorities.  Today it is the business people that invest in real estate.  Our government has no business in the business mans pocket.  Leave the free market place alone, it will take care of itself and look to your own house.  Our government already has a proven history of not being able to manage money responsibility.  If the government needs to address a problem, how about taking a look at the deficit or social security?

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David Cowley
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